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8 Tips For The Best Lazy Day At Walt Disney World

Are you the type of person that packs a vacation full of activities only to leave you more exhausted than you were before you left for your trip? We understand and have fallen into that cycle time and time again. But – wait… we’re here to help you break that cycle! A lazy day at Disney is especially recommended if you are planning a week-long or more visit to Disney World, have an Annual Pass, and/or have purchased enough park tickets that adding on an extra day is super cheap. Put on those comfy pants and flip-flops and let’s enjoy the best lazy day possible at Walt Disney World!


1 – Sleep In

Example – 8:30 am Alarm with an hour to get ready.

While we don’t recommend sleeping in every day of your trip, we suggest it for your lazy Disney day. It is a vacation after all, and pressing that snooze button is well deserved. Forget waking before the sunrise while attempting to beat the crowds to the park for just one day despite what your “Type A” personality is telling you!

2 – Go for a Late Character Breakfast

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, character greetings are temporarily suspended. Chef Mickey’s, Topolino’s Terrace’s Breakfast a la Art, The Garden Grill at Epcot, Tusker House, and Hollywood & Vine offer a modified character dining experience. The Crystal Palace and Cape May Cafe have reopened, but no characters are present. 

Example – 10:30 am Reservation at Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom

Some character dining breakfast options go until 10:45 am, depending on the restaurant and specific time of the year. Make your dining reservation 180-days in advance to snag that late breakfast time with no troubles. Stroll in hungry and leave satisfied both with hunger and entertainment.

Goofy at Cape May Cafe

3 – FastPass Your Favorite Attraction

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, FastPass+ is temporarily suspended.

Example – 11:45 am FastPass for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom

Today is your lazy day, so it’s not all about the attractions. With that being said, why not catch a quick ride on your favorite attraction, especially if you have breakfast in the same park?! Select a time such as noted in the example above, knowing that if breakfast runs long, your FastPass time allows an hour block so you can show up a little late but still within your FastPass window.

4 – Back To The Resort For Pool Time

Example – 1:00 pm Swimming in Your Disney Resort Pool

Why not enjoy your Disney Resort while you can? Plus, the middle-of-the-day dip in the pool is the best way to beat the Florida heat in the summer, and still feels fantastic in Disney’s heated pools in the winter. Wade in the zero-entry, hot tub it, or layout – whatever sounds best to you on your lazy day! Grab a pool snack as you wrap up your pool time to hold you over from your late breakfast until dinner.


5 – Shop At Your Resort

Example – 2:30 pm Gift Shopping at Your Disney Resort

From value to deluxe resorts, Disney knows how to do gift shops well! So, before you even head back to your room after your swim, visit the gift shop and pick up those souvenirs you’ve been eyeballing. This is a great way to shop leisurely without fighting the crowds.

6 – Go For A Spa Treatment 

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, spas are closed.

Example – 4:00 pm Visit Senses Spa at Grand Floridian or Saratoga Springs

In an ideal world, you’ll be staying at one of the resorts above, and you can easily access the spa or possibly have a massage treatment right in your room! If you’re staying at a different resort, no problem. Just ask Guest Services the best way to reach Senses. Don’t forget to book your reservation in advance so you can receive your treatment at the desired time.

Senses Spa. Photo Credit: Disney

7 – Hit The “Town”

Example – 7:00 pm Stroll Disney’s BoardWalk

Now that you are relaxed after your spa treatment, you’ll be ready to enjoy a night out and about. We recommend for the best lazy day to visit BoardWalk. The reason? BoardWalk can be as thrilling or as relaxing as you’d like, and it’s not nearly as crowded as Disney Springs! With an advanced dining reservation, enjoy a late-night dinner at Flying Fish. After dinner, if you are a dance club type, Atlantic Dance Hall might be calling your name. If you want to sit and watch the lights glow over the water, pick up a drink from AbracadaBar. Of course, don’t forget about dessert from Ample Hills Creamery while you watch Epcot Forever in the distance! Street performers, shopping, and dining – BoardWalk is our favorite “hidden” gem for a lazy day!

8 – Keep Transportation Easy

Example – 11:00 pm Uber a ride to your Resort

Don’t let transportation take your lazy day relaxation to complication! While getting around Disney property can be done with Disney’s complimentary transportation, it is sometimes tricky to understand which form of transportation goes from one area to another. While Uber or a taxi will cost you, the price will likely be worth the transportation hassle, especially if you are splitting the cost with a friend. We definitely recommend this if you are planning on drinking. If you go by our examples above, you can have Uber or a taxi pick you up right outside of Disney’s BoardWalk Inn lobby.

There you have it… our tips for a lazy Disney day! The best part about it, however, is that you can make this plan your own. Use what tips work best for you and leave off the ones that don’t! The ultimate goal is to relax and be reminded of what vacation is really all about.

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Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.
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